Newsletter Issue 4
Friday 28th September 2012
- This week, the children have been rounding and estimating large numbers and decimal numbers.
- Next week, we will be applying addition and subtraction skills to multi-step problems and investigations – we will even be film producers for the day, where we will need to budget for a new film!
- Try some of the addition and subtraction games on the Maths Zone website ahead of our sessions next week. Alternatively, visit 5/6G’s blog via our school website to access some mental maths games.
- This week, the children have been using time connectives when writing about the voyage of Sir Francis Drake as well as identifying when alternative, more impressive word choices can be made. A focus continues on ensuring that capital letters and full stops are 100% accurate in writing and that a range of connectives and clauses are being used to develop ideas. Next week we will be looking at how to write a formal letter ensuring we include all of our key features from the term so far.
- Spellings for this week, which will be tested on Friday, are all words containing unstressed vowels: marvellous, primary, doctor, January, familiar, stationary, deafening, miserable, frightening, geography.
- In Topic, pupils have been continuing their independent learning which relates to a Tudor topic of their choice. Children have also been introduced to the concept of a coat of arms. They have been designing and producing their own coat of arms which represents who they are, using a variety of symbols and mottos. We will be transferring our ideas onto acetate next week.
- In PE this week, pupils have been learning the key points to performing the stop turn in football and applying this into small sided game scenarios.
- In Spanish this week, the children have been applying their knowledge of basic foods and how to express their likes and dislikes in a conversation using tengo (I have) and Te gustan (Do you like). We will be using these phrases in some role play over the forthcoming weeks.
- In Music, 5/6B have been continuing to learn about crotchets, quavers and dynamics. They have been using percussion instruments to play samba music in three parts. 5/6M have been reading musical notes and applying this to perform well known musical songs and rhymes using the grand piano on the garage band iPad application. 56G have been learning about minims and rests and have been reading music to play songs in rounds.
- In ICT, the children have been adding their step data to an Excel spreadsheet and then using a formula to calculate the class’ total steps for each day of the challenge. We can then add this information to the Global Children’s Challenge to travel around the world.